|The owner of a pub whose clientele comprises mainly homosexual men has won the right to bar heterosexuals and lesbians from his premises.|
After Tom McFeely complained about rowdy hen parties, a tribunal in Melbourne ruled that heterosexual women ogled his customers and treated them like zoo animals.
Mr McFeely, of the Peel Hotel in Collingwood in Melbourne, became the first publican in Australia able to ban heterosexuals and lesbians after he convinced a liquor licensing tribunal that they posed a threat to his gay patrons. He feared attacks by lesbians, he said. In an historic ruling that exempted the hotel from nondiscrimination laws, the Victoria tribunal accepted that there were plenty of other bars where lesbians and heterosexuals could gather to express “affection or physical intimacy”.
The ruling said of hen nights: “To regard the gay male patrons of the venue as providing an entertainment or spectacle to be stared at as one would an animal at a zoo, devalues and dehumanises them.”
The tribunal heard that the Peel Hotel, which operates from 9pm to dawn, has long had a predominantly gay male clientele but that it had been increasingly “swamped” by aggressive lesbians and heterosexuals.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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